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Bar exam before C&F (UBE State)

Hello all...I am looking for some help regarding taking the oysterchamp09/10/18
By "doing C&F" do you mean the application portion or any in jd4hire09/10/18
Yes. After some preliminary research, I see that some jurisd oysterchamp09/10/18
In my state, you can indeed be certified to sit for the UBE onehell09/10/18
keep in monks that your score won’t be portable if you don dingbat09/11/18
oysterchamp (Sep 10, 2018 - 6:27 am)

Hello all...I am looking for some help regarding taking the bar.

Long story short, I’ve graduated LS however I’m employed on active duty with the Armed Forces. Accordingly, I do not need to be barred in any particular state as I’m not practicing law nor will I likely be in the near future. Nevertheless, I would like to take the bar in an UBE state (without a state specific test) in the event I leave the military and would like to practice later. Outside of NY, are there any UBE states where I can sit for the exam prior to doing C&F?

Thanks in advance for the help.

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jd4hire (Sep 10, 2018 - 8:46 am)

By "doing C&F" do you mean the application portion or any interview that is required?

Regardless, I'd get on the phone and speak with some of the examiners/ overseers of any state you are interested in. People might try and accommodate given your active duty status.

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oysterchamp (Sep 10, 2018 - 8:55 am)

Yes. After some preliminary research, I see that some jurisdictions require applicants to submit C&F applications either before applying to sit for the exam or in conjunction with your application. I would prefer to simply take the exam and hold off on seeking admission to a specific bar.

I have considered taking the bar in a state that I'm interested in living in post military however, I'm from the south and the states that I'm interest in have not adopted the UBE. The DC Bar seems to be an attractive alternative.

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onehell (Sep 10, 2018 - 6:16 pm)

In my state, you can indeed be certified to sit for the UBE without having filed the character report. Don't know how long the UBE score is good for, but I assume it would be the same as the time period by which they'd accept a UBE score transferred in from another jdx which is several years.

That said, unless you're worried that something in your record is going to get flagged and get you dragged in for interviews, why wait? If you're in the military your record is presumably pretty clean, and most states don't require an interview unless there's an issue. So why do all the work and pay all the money only to still have to do C&F? Why not just get your bar card and then put it on inactive status until you want to practice? It's maybe a couple hundred bucks per year but you don't have to take any CLEs while inactive and you can easily flip it back to active when you need it.

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dingbat (Sep 11, 2018 - 8:05 pm)

keep in monks that your score won’t be portable if you don’t get a passing score in the state in which you take the test, so you might want to consider the state’s with a 260 passing score. North Dakota results come out after about five weeks, so that’s probably your best bet

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